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In recent years, live streaming is gaining popularity. Most streamers agree that Twitch is the best platform, but growing your audience on any platform never hurts. So when you think of streaming on multiple platforms, YouTube and Twitch are probably the first two that come to mind.
But how can you stream on Twitch and YouTube at the same time? It’s no secret that YouTube and Twitch are vying for video streaming supremacy. Fortunately, there is a way, and we’ll show you how.
How to stream on Twitch and YouTube at the same time?
You can stream on YouTube and Twitch simultaneously, but you must use streaming software.
Here are the steps you need to follow to go live on both Twitch and YouTube:
- Choose the software for streaming: You need streaming software to stream on both platforms simultaneously. Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) and Streamlabs have these features available.
- Set up the software to stream: You need to set up two output destinations, one for Twitch and one for YouTube. It would be better to put the streaming key of each platform in your streaming software.
- Optimize Settings – Change settings for both platforms to ensure that video and audio are delivered in high quality. Check what settings are recommended for each platform and change them as needed.
- Start streaming: Once you’ve set up your streaming software and adjusted your settings, you can start streaming as usual. The stream will be sent to both platforms at the same time.
- Keep an eye on your stream: Keep an eye on both platforms to make sure your stream runs smoothly and there are no glitches.
- Engage with your audience – You need to build a strong community and get people to follow you on Twitch and YouTube.
Remember that simulcasting can use a lot of resources and you may need a strong internet connection and a powerful computer to ensure the stream goes smoothly.
We will discuss two methods, including the steps to simultaneously stream on Twitch and YouTube.
Method 1: Using Restream Studio and OBS
Restream Studio is a popular software that allows you to use multiple streaming accounts simultaneously.
Step 1: Login to Broadcast
To get started, you need to sign up for Restream Studio. A free version of Restream does the job perfectly. The premium version includes comment section management, exclusive social alerts, and multi-streaming on up to eight different platforms.
As a result, based on your requirements, select the version of Restream that is best for you.
Step 2 – Connect your Twitch account and YouTube account
After signing up for Restream, click the “Add Channel” platform icon and sign in to Twitch and YouTube.
This will automatically connect Twitch and YouTube to the Restream panel, which means you need to grant all permissions to the platform.
Step 3Open OBS Studio
Now open OBS Studio. At this point, OBS should already be configured with Twitch.
Step 4: Go to OBS Settings and select Broadcast as the streaming platform
Select “Settings” in OBS Studio, then click the Stream tab.
Instead of selecting Twitch or YouTube as your live streaming source, you’ll select Restream.io.
Connect your OBS account to Restream, enable all permissions, log in with your unique username, and continue.
Step 5: Start your live stream!
OBS will now be configured to use Restream. Go live and you will broadcast on multiple platforms (in this case, YouTube and Twitch) simultaneously!
Method 2: Using Streamlabs Prime
The second method is to use Streamlabs’ premium subscription, Streamlabs Prime, to achieve your goals.
Step 1 – Get a Streamlabs Prime Professional Subscription
You must purchase Streamlabs Prime if you want to start streaming live on more than one platform.
The subscription costs $19.99 per month and includes several premium devices, including multi-streaming.
Step 2 – Link YouTube and Twitch accounts
Now open your Twitch and YouTube accounts directly from Streamlabs. You can also add other fonts, it’s up to you.
Step 3: Start streaming live on multiple platforms
Finally, click the “Go Live” button and your stream will show up on both Twitch and YouTube, awesome right?
Although Restream’s free subscription is good enough, we recommend using a premium subscription instead – it will work better.
Using multiple streams at the same time: pros and cons
Simultaneous use of multiple streaming platforms, known as simulcasting, can have advantages and disadvantages. Here are some of the pros and cons of using multiple streaming platforms at the same time:
Reach a wider audience: Simultaneous streaming allows you to reach viewers who may not use one platform or another. Streaming on multiple platforms simultaneously can expand your reach and increase your overall audience.
Diversify your income: Streaming on multiple platforms can give you access to multiple sources of income, such as subscriptions, donations, and ad revenue. This can help you diversify your income and reduce dependency on one platform.
Increase Visibility: Streaming on multiple platforms can also increase your visibility, since viewers can find your content through different channels.
Reduce downtime – If one platform experiences technical issues, you can continue streaming on the other platform. This can help ensure that your viewers can still access your content, even if one platform is experiencing issues.
Requires more resources: Simultaneous streaming requires more resources than streaming on a single platform, as you need to make sure that your equipment and internet connection can simultaneously handle streaming on multiple platforms.
Increased Complexity: Setting up and managing multiple streams on multiple platforms can be more complex than streaming on a single platform. This can increase the likelihood of technical problems and make troubleshooting more difficult.
Increased risk of violations: Different platforms may have different guidelines and rules for content, which may increase the risk of violating the terms of service of one platform or another. This may result in content removal or even account suspension.
It can dilute your audience: While simulcasting can increase your reach, it can also dilute your audience, as viewers may prefer one platform over another. Building a strong and engaged community on any platform can be more difficult.
Ultimately, whether or not to simulcast depends on your goals and resources. If you have the equipment and technical expertise to handle simulcasting, it can be a valuable way to expand your reach and diversify your income. However, if you’re just starting out or have limited resources, it may be best to focus on building your audience on one platform at a time.
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